So I have these two budgies, a male and a female. I've had them for a year already and worked with gaining their trust almost every day now, but they still aren't handtame and get scared of hands :c Vili, the male budgie, used to hop on my finger if I offered a millet while the female, Lily, only sometimes came to eat it also but mostly just sitting on the perch. I moved them to a new, bigger cage about a week ago and since then even Vili doesn't hop on my finger anymore. He still eats it from my hand if I offer it to him though. Lily doesn't even come near. I can put my hand outside of the cage near them and they don't mind it, but if I put my hand inside even if it's not that close to them, they will run away. Am I doing something wrong?
Then other thing is that Lily for some reason won't fly. She will hop or glide really small distances but she won't fly and sometimes falls to the ground because of it. She has never been clipped and I have seen her fly when she gets scared so she can fly. Their new cage is big and has a lot of space where to fly and Vili really likes to fly in there but for some reason she doesn't? I don't understand why? She's healthy and has all her flight feathers and molts normally /:
Another thing that is weird with Lily is that she kind of coughs? Especially at night. Vili never does this so is this something that female budgies do or is there something wrong with her? I'd like to take her to a vet but the closest vet that's specilized in birds is over 100 kilometres away
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When you move your budgies to a different cage, it sometimes takes awhile for them to acclimate to their new environment. Budgies also see their cage as their "safe" place. When you put your hand in their cage and approach them, if they move away they don't want to interact with you at that time.
Taming/Bonding is all about helping your budgies learn to trust you and takes a great deal of time and patience. You have to learn to read your birds' body language and respect their boundaries.
Take the time to read the information in the stickies at the top of the Taming and Bonding Section of the Forum.
Coughing is not normal and you should have Lilly properly diagnosed by an Avian Vet.
100 kilometers is really not very far to go to determine if she is ill. You can also discuss her problems in flying with the vet when you take her in for an appointment.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
Lily and Vili are both adorable! I'm sorry to hear about Lily's cough, but hopefully she is just fine after her vet visit.
Please keep us posted on how she's doing!
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Be sure to read through the links provided above, which include the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care. You'll find information on all your questions (including some you don't know you have yet ) on the forums.
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We'd love to see more of your little birds when you get a chance, and look forward to seeing you around the forums!
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Great advice has been given above. You can find more tips and essential information by reading through this websites resources. The Stickies posts at the top of the healthcare, training and bonding, and behavior sections are a great place to start. After familiarizing yourself with the forum, if you should have concerns or questions, we're here to help .